Contact Us
Make My Homepage

Chaz Explains How Taking a Vacation Day Off is the Best Way to Do Christmas Shopping in Abilene

Andrew Burton, Getty Images

Christmas shopping is one of the more stressful things in life, mainly because of all the traffic and people you have to encounter while doing it. This year, I discovered one of the best ways to do my shopping. Just simply take a vacation day.

I am a procrastinator at heart which means that I always seem to do my Christmas shopping at the last possible minute. This makes for bad gift decisions and an overall experience that stresses me out to the max. Plus, you have to deal with a crowd of people who seem to have no manners.

This year I decided to do some things different. I took a vacation day off from work for the sole reason of doing my Christmas shopping. And, boy, did it ever pay off! I have no idea why I never thought of this before. I guess because I am a little slow.

Yesterday, (December 16th) I woke up, did a little work from home, then was out the door to start my shopping by 11am. Four hours later (which included an hour stop to get my oil changed and inspection done on my truck), I was done! I hit the Mall of Abilene, Home Depot, Lowes, Walmart and a few other stores. Everywhere I went, there were hardly any shoppers at all. So, needless to say, I was in and out of each store within minutes, instead of hours. I didn’t have to deal with grumpy people, wait in line, or worry about someone taking the gift I was going to buy. And, since there were not many people out, I was able to get help anytime I needed it.

Yep, taking that vacation day was definitely one of my better ideas (I don’t have many of them). Granted, I still got a late start on my shopping this year, but I got it all done and I still have my sanity.

So, if you have vacation days left at your work, I highly recommend taking one of those bad boys to get your Christmas shopping done next year. I know I’ll be doing it again next year.

Do you have any Christmas shopping tips you’d like to share? Drop off a comment below and let us know.

In the meantime, enjoy this ‘Jingle All The Way’ movie clip which shows the dangers of doing your Christmas shopping when everybody else does.

Win a $1000 American Express Gift Card - Contest Ends December 31st, 2013Rock 108

Best of 1280 KSLI

Recommended For You

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

*Please note that your prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for KSLI Country Club quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!

Sign up to have exclusive KSLI Country Club contests, events, coupons, presales, and much more delivered to you for FREE.